North Presbyterian Church
North Tonawanda NY
July 12, 2020
Silent Prayer of Preparation: Give thanks, worship and praise the Lord, for God has done great things.
Welcome Say a prayer for someone else who is praying and staying at home alone.
Introit: Spirit, spirit of gentleness, blow through the wilderness, calling and free, Spirit, spirit of restlessness, stir me from placidness, Wind, wind on the sea. B319
Call to Worship: Come let us shout to joy to God, we are surprised by God’s grace. It is everywhere, all the time, around every person. Come Holy Spirit, Come! Let us worship God!
Hymn You are salt for the earth, O People: Salt for the Kingdom of God! Share the flavor of Life, O people: Life in the kingdom of God! Ref: Bring forth the Kingdom of mercy, bring forth the Kingdom of peace; bring forth the Kingdom of justice, bring forth the City of God. You are light on the hill, O people, Light for the City of God! Shine so holy and bright, O people: Shine in for the Kingdom of God! 2190
Prayer of Confession: (Unison) Each morning we start a new day, o Lord. Forgive us for not expecting you to be part of each of our days. Forgive us too when we fail to be surprised by your work in our midst. (please pray silently). Lord, speak to us, help us to hear. Restore to us the joy of your salvation, in Christ we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon The Spirit of Christ reminds us of the life we have in his name! In Christ we are forgiven and set free, all of us! Response: Ref. Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah! Everybody praise the Lord. (repeat) Praise God with the sound of the trumpet, Praise God with the lute and the harp; Praise God with timbrel and dancing, Praise God wherever you are.
Prayer for peace God, speak your peace and patience quietly into our hearts and souls, there are those in great need, breathe your Spirit of peace in us, In Christ we pray. Amen. Prayer for Illumination: Your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, richer than gold, stronger than death, your word is Spirit and Life, O Lord, Life everlasting.
New Testament Lesson Luke 7: 11-17
Children’s Time “What was the last time you were surprised?” Ecclesiastes 2
New Testament Lesson Acts 4: 4-20
These are the Words of the Lord: Thanks be to God
Sermon “Caught by Surprise” Rev. Stuart C. Buisch
Creed Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. – A Brief Statement of Faith
Hymn How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear. It makes the wounded spirit whole and calms the troubled breast; ‘Tis nourishment to hungry souls, and to the weary rest. R 229
Joys and Concerns/Prayers of the People/Lord’s Prayer
Please keep the congregation in your prayers. Thanks for sending cards and calling on the phone those of our members and friends.
Hymn God, who stretched the spangled heavens infinite in time and place, flung the suns in burning radiance through the silent fields of space: We, your children in your likeness, share inventive powers with you; Great Creator, still creating, show us what we yet may do. As each far horizon beckons, may it challenge us a new; children of creative purpose, serving others, honoring you. May our dreams prove rich with promise, each endeavor well begun; Great Creator, give us guidance till our goals and Yours are one. B268
Charge Look around! Stop your rat race and see God at your shirt sleeve. God is at work and we can join the Almighty. But we have to stop and recognize what God is doing.
Benediction May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the community of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.
Benediction Response Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me;
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me. B322
Thank you to those who are giving tithes, offerings and gifts. We are receiving offerings for One Great Hour of Sharing – hunger, disaster, development and Pentecost offering for youth ministries simply take a mission envelope and write on it.